Syracuse and North Carolina Win on Saturday Afternoon
A lot of big games in the ACC on February 11, 2012. So far, with the afternoon games over, the favorites are doing what they need to do.
In the big ACC game of the day, #5 North Carolina rebounded from its loss to Duke by handily defeating #19 Virginia, 70-52. Virginia led by a score of 41-40 with fifteen minutes to go, but the Tar Heels overwhelmed the Cavaliers down the stretch. The size of the Tar Heels was a big problem for Virginia, as North Carolina finished the game with a 48-31 rebounding edge. Mike Scott did his best, as usual, for Virginia with 18 points. The big trio for North Carolina starred, with Tyler Zeller leading the way with 25 points and 9 rebounds. Both Josh Henson and Harrison Barnes had double-doubles. Barnes had 14 points and 11 rebounds, while Henson had 10 points and 10 rebounds. With the loss, Virginia drops to a still-decent 19-5. North Carolina improved to 21-4.
#15 Florida State got back to its winning ways with a 64-59 win over rival Miami. This game was close throughout, although Florida State maintained a lead for most of the second-half. Kenny Kadji led the Hurricanes with 14 points, while Durand Scott added 12. With the loss, Miami drops to 15-8. Florida State was led by Bernard James, who scored 18 points and 6 rebounds. With the win, Florida State improves to 17-7.
In Syracuse, 33,430 fans packed the Carrier Dome to watch #1 Syracuse improve to 25-1 by defeating Connecticut, 85-67. The score is a big misleading as this game was 63-61 with approximately 6 minutes to go. But Scoop Jardine hit a big three-pointer for Syracuse, and the Orange finished the game on a 22-6 run. Jardine led the Orange with 21 points on 8 of 9 shooting. CJ Fair and Dion Waiters were strong off the bench, as Fair scored 14 points and grabbed 12 rebounds, while Waiters scored 18 points. Kris Joseph also scored 15 points for Syracuse. UConn was led by Jeremy Lamb’s 18 points, but it was Ryan Boatwright and Andre Drummond that did most of the damage when the game was close. Boatwright finished with 14 points, 5 rebounds, and 5 assists. Despite missing time with an injury, Drummond finished with 13 points and 7 rebounds. With the loss, UConn drops to 15-9 and may be playing its way onto the bubble. Syracuse is now 12-1 in Big East conference play.
And there is plenty of late afternoon and evening action yet to come…